At the moment, I'd like to gauge interest with some snippets from a potential game setting (for E). I've worked out things on species, technology, and more details on the Academy as well as profiles and basic game rules. Those'll likely be posted on the wiki if there's enough interest (defined as four responses here).
Basically, I see players taking on the roles of students and faculty at the Academy. The former can come from a variety of backgrounds--the wealthy, nobles, future military officers, lower class folks with academic gifts and whatnot. Lots of possibilities for educational field trips, "forbidden" relationships, in-fighting among students, in-fighting among faculty, etc. etc.
So, any interest?
The current year is 2418 C.E. and Earth is the center of a large interstellar empire.
Settlers from the third planet in the Sol system began colonizing the system in the late-21st century, with Earth’s moon and Mars. The discovery of warp drives in 2109 increased the rate of colonization and the range of Terran ships. A little over a decade after FTL was discovered, the planet and its colonies were united under a single government. Terraforming, developed in 2152, expanded the possible number of settlements once again. By the end of the 22nd century, Earth had colonies out to two parsecs from the home star. There are no settled planets beyond the empire, although there are occasional misguided worlds in the empire that rebel against the government. As yet, there have been no first contact situations.
The interstellar government was overthrown following a military coup in 2221. This was the foundation of the empire. The first emperor centered the government in the New Boston-Jersey metropolitan region (New York-Boston-New Jersey). All of Africa and South America were eventually turned into nature preserves. Cities and settlement within fifty miles of the coast were, and still are, exempt in that regard. Most of those regions are currently inhabited by rangers and “primitive” squatters. The rest of the planet is heavily urbanized, with most of the planet’s landmass covered by cities.Imperial Academy
The Imperial Academy is located on the island of Haiti-Dominican Republic (the island was actually united under the name Haiti in 2222). Training mostly takes place on the campus, but classes can occur anywhere on the planet and in Sol system. The school itself is set in the northern mountains. It has an outer pentagonal wall with ten towers, within which is a matching wall with five towers. These inner towers are home to the Academy’s societies. Inside the inner wall are numerous buildings, linked by bridges and corridors. Two of the most important areas in the Academy are the library—one of the largest in the empire—and the Arena. The latter is a place where legal dueling can occur, and is also sometimes used for public punishment. There is also a town about two miles away to which students have limited visitation privileges.
The Academy is entirely autonomous. The Dean of the Academy is automatically granted the rank of duke and is a member of the imperial council in order to protect this autonomy. Graduates are sworn never to speak of the Academy’s methods with non-graduates. Moreover, outsiders are not admitted within the walls, regardless of status. That said, nobles and others who graduated from the Academy may return as observers and/or government representatives, with the Dean’s permission.History
When it was founded in 1994, the Imperial Academy was the Tashi Technical Academy. Why exactly it was founded on Haiti is unknown, but some think it was a front business. At least initially. The school acquired a minor reputation in the Caribbean nations and an even lesser reputation in North America. However, when the emperor was seeking a site for his second military academy in 2240, he fell for the TTA’s anachronistic appearance and its location in the mountains. Thus, the school was formally changed to the Imperial Military Academy in 2241. During that era, it was under the control of a dean who also held the rank of major general in the PDF or Marines, although there was one Vice Admiral of the Fleet in charge for a time. After sixty-six years as a purely military institution, the IMA underwent another change in focus. It admitted its first group of non-military students from noble families in 2307. This, and the addition of bright non-noble students a year later, changed the school into simply the Imperial Academy, a name it has held for the last century.